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New Forest What's On
November 2018

The New Forest National Park covers a relatively small geographical area, yet residents and visitors have access to an extensive New Forest Whats On programme that features a wide range of events and activities.

Find out about Whats On in the New Forest with the guide below.

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What's On - the November events programme
(single day events first, followed by longer running events)

Thursday, 1st November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 2nd November
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, Berthon and his Boats, doors open at 7.00pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm. Rev E. L. Berthon and his folding boat design a talk by Phoebe Merrick, Chairman Romsey Local History Society. When, on the 18 June 1850, the SS Orion was wrecked off Portpatrick, Revd Clark, a survivor, wrote to Revd Berthon: 'Can not you think of a way in which boats, enough for all on board, be stowed on a passenger steamer without inconvenience?' This led to Berthon's development of the Berthon Collapsible Lifeboat. A Friends of St Barbe event. (Entrance is free for Friends and £5 for others.)
Saturday, 3rd November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, 1914 - 1918 Commemorative Concert, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. An evening of music, songs and readings featuring the national award winning Michelmersh Silver Band and The Company of Readers. Tickets - Adults £12, Students £6, rated PG. Tickets are available from the Village Hall Office Monday - Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm and from Pot Pourri.
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Meet a Commoner, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Come and meet the people whose animals have shaped the New Forest and share your New Forest stories. No charge, just drop in. This event is to mark the start of the Commoners' Voices exhibition which runs from Saturday, 3rd November until Sunday, 6th January.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Food and Gift Market, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 4th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 5th November
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night.
Tuesday, 6th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Knit and Natter, drop-in between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Help to create knitted or crocheted farmyard animals for a soft play area in the museum. (Free event).
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Heritage Fair, 10.00am - 3.00pm. New Forest National Park Authority event. There will be exhibitions, manned information stands, posters and talks during the day. Admission is free. Over twenty groups interested in the heritage of the New Forest will be represented. It promises to have something of interest to all.
Thursday, 8th November
  • Autumn Colour Walk, Furzey Gardens, Minstead, 11.00am - 12.30pm.
    Furzey Gardens in autumn
    Join Head Gardener Pete White for a guided walk around Furzey Gardens, as he shares horticultural insights as spectacular colours burst into seasonal display. Learn all about the extensive collections of rare and beautiful plants from around the world in the social enterprise's woodland garden. Tickets £5.00 for non-members or £4.00 for members or RHS Card Holders. More information and purchase tickets online.
Sunday, 11th November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Grandma's Attic Fair, 9.30am - 4.00pm. Quality antique and collectors fair, 40 stands spread over two rooms, admission £1.50, For more details contact Chris 01202 779564 or 07960 502508.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 14th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 15th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Bramshaw RDA Christmas Fayre, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Friday, 16th November
  • Clues and Crime at Minstead Lodge, 7.00pm - 9.30pm. Channel your inner detective at this highly popular murder mystery evening at Minstead Lodge (Seamans Lane, Minstead, SO43 7FT), the perfect backdrop to solving those all-important clues. Enjoy an evening of evidence-gathering to solve the mysteries of 'who, where and how', with a two-course dinner included. Be sure to immerse yourself in the story by adorning 1940's fancy dress, with a prize for the best dressed diner. A raffle and bar will also be available, with all of the evening's funds supporting adults with learning disabilities to live more independently. Tickets: £35.00 per person to include a two-course meal. (Guests are requested to bring their email confirmation which will act as a ticket). More information and purchase tickets online.
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Journey's End (12A), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
    Brockenhurst Village Hall, Journey's End film
    The Cinema is in the Forest Hall. The doors open at 7.00pm and the evening programme begins at 7.30pm. After a short film or two and a trailer for the next film, there is an interval when you can chat with friends while enjoying a glass of wine, ice creams, coffee, tea, cake etc. before settling down to watch the main film.
    This film show is one of our village events to commemorate the end of WWI in November 1918 - one hundred years ago. Journey's End is adapted from R.C. Sherriff's classic play, based on his own experiences on the battle front. Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer, Stanhope (Sam Caflin) as they await their fate. Stanhope's six day command encompasses a major offensive but when old school chum and family friend, Raleigh, is drafted into his unit, then routine events become emotionally messier. Asa Butterfield is this fresh young lieutenant just arrived in the trenches - bright eyed, bushy tailed and super keen. Toby Jones' cook, Mason, provides welcome world-weary comic relief. Paul Bettany is the older, wiser Osborne.
    Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website, from the Village Hall office (Monday - Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm), or from Pot Pouri. Tickets are also available on the door for £6.50.
Saturday, 17th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Mini Curators, 11.00am - 1.00pm. Become a Mini Curator of St Barbe Museum for the day. Learn how to care for your toy collection, go on a bug hunt to discover what beasts are a danger to the museum, and create your own mini exhibition using real museum objects. Tour happening every hour on the hour. Included with admission. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years. No booking necessary.
    With gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Child (under 16) £3, Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free. Without gift aid - Adult £5.45, Concession £4.45, Family £10.90, Child £2.70.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Quiz, 7.00pm - 11.00pm. A quiz in memory of John Charlesworth to raise money for the Air Ambulance. Please come along and support this event. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper. Please book in advance via the Community Centre.
Wednesday, 21st November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Professional artist Stephen Foster will be demonstrating an abstract landscape in acrylic. Visitors are always welcome - entry fee £4. Members are invited to bring a related themed picture for a mini exhibition.
Thursday, 22nd November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Seadown Equine Event, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Common Skin Problems In Horses - guest speaker Professor Derek Knottenbelt; and Poor Performance In Horses - guest speakers Dr Jessica Kidd and Dr Sanne Wilmink. These talks run by Seadown are always very popular.
Friday, 23rd November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Worry Dolls, 7.00pm - 11.00pm.
    Brockenhurst Village Hall, Worry Dolls concert
    Americana Music Association UK Song of the Year nominees Worry Dolls are an exciting duo born out of the joint talents of multi-instrumentalists Zoe and Rosie, whose debut album Go Get Gone was released in 2017. Serendipity brought Zoe and Rosie together at an open mic when they were 18 and studying music in Liverpool. The album release was followed up by a much talked about main-stage show at the Cambridge Folk Festival and several plays on BBC Radio 2. (Supported by Jake Morrell). Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website - £12.00.
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Christmas Wreathmaking Workshop, 3.00pm - 6.00pm. Join Sarah Wilkins of Corbins Florist, Brockenhurst to create your own beautiful wreath for Christmas. All flowers and materials provided. Price £45, limited places available, pre-booking essential - tel 01590 676969.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Swimming with Men (12), 7.30pm. A comedy to cheer us up in preparation for the festive season. Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?
    Doors open at 7.00pm (film starts at 7.30pm), tickets are £4.50 for members of the Centre and £5.00 for non-members.
Saturday, 24th November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Christmas Fair and Market, 11.00am - 4.00pm. The Brockenhurst Christmas Fair is a traditional day out with lots of local produce, gifts, festive games, tea and cake, seasonal food, mulled wine and Santa in his grotto. Support local charities, meet up with friends and buy your Christmas gifts all under one roof. Tickets £2.00, under 15s free.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Centre Christmas Fair, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 25th November
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre.
Friday, 30th November
  • Festive Evening at Minstead Lodge (Seamans Lane, Minstead, SO43 7FT), 8.00pm - 9.30pm.
    Festive evening at Minstead
    As the Christmas season approaches, step back in time for an evening of carols and seasonal stories from the past. Get into the festive spirit as local players from The Madding Crowd lead guests on a magical journey through Georgian Christmas celebrations. Next to roaring log fires, come and sing your hearts out, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies plus stock up presents and decorations created by Minstead Trust students. All of the evening's funds support adults with learning disabilities to live more independently. Tickets £5.50 per person. More information and purchase tickets online.

Longer running events

Saturday, 29th September to Sunday, 25th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition - Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt, 10.00am - 5.00pm (Monday - Saturday), 10.00am - 4.00pm (Sunday). A unique exhibition based around two of the greatest exponents of colour woodcut prints: Allen William Seaby (1867 - 1953) a regular visitor to the New Forest, and John Edgar Platt (1886 - 1967) in partnership with the artists' estates.
    This exhibition also includes paintings by Platt's son Michael, and the prints of Seaby's grandson Robert Gilmor.
    Museum and Gallery admission prices:
    With gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Child (under 16) £3, Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free. Without gift aid - Adult £5.45, Concession £4.45, Family £10.90, Child £2.70.
Monday, 1st October to Sunday, 4th November
  • Exbury Gardens, Nerine Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Exbury's stunning collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis or 'Jewel Lilies' will be on public show. Lionel de Rothschild first developed and hybridised the tender greenhouse-loving Nerines at Exbury in the 1920s and '30s, and now his grandson, Nicholas de Rothschild, is continuing his wonderful work.
    Originally found on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town in South Africa, the jewel lilies flower in a spectrum of colours from their original oranges, scarlet and white through new purples, pinks, mauves, reds, scarlets, copper and bronzes where they scintillate in the sunshine with gold or silver crystalline flecks that make their petals sparkle. Nicholas has since produced well over 100 new hybrids and collectors and visitors to Exbury may buy Nerines that have never been seen before.
    The collection will be displayed in the Five Arrows Gallery, where their extraordinary beauty will be shown off to best advantage. A wide range of Nerines will be available to purchase, with growing instructions included.
    Admission to the exhibition is included with entrance to the Gardens, which will be looking spectacular with brilliant autumnal colour.
Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Bully Beef and Whizzbangs, 7.30pm - 9.15pm.
    Whizzbang at Brockenhurst Village Hall
    BlackBox will be on tour again this autumn with a specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. Set on the battlefields of France during 1916, the multi-award winning Bully Beef and Whizzbangs takes a wry and often humorous look at life in a front line trench through the eyes of its two reluctant heroes. Smudger, a new arrival at The Front, is keen to shoot his first Jerry whilst Harry is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying a nice mug of tea. Stuck in a hole surrounded by mud and death, how will our boys cope with the ever-present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens? Tickets are available via the Village Hall website - £5 plus booking fee. Refreshments will be available. Thursday's performance ia a relaxed performance where the house lights will only be dimmed. Please contact the Hall Office if you are unsure as to which performance you should book onto. (These performances are supporting the Royal British Legion and the work they do with veterans of the Armed Forces and their families).
Saturday, 3rd November to Sunday, 6th January
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Exhibition: Commoners' Voices, 10.00am - 3.30pm. Explore the New Forest in this wonderful exhibition which celebrates the New Forest commoning community, its people, animals, knowledge, passion and skills. No charge, just drop in.
Monday 19th November to Friday, 23rd November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Explore the Archive week, drop-in 10.00am - 12noon. Get a 'behind the scenes' look at the St Barbe archive, learn how to care for your family treasures and pick up some research tips. Free event - entrance to King Research Room only.
Friday, 30th November - Sunday, 9th December (excluding 3rd - 6th December)
  • Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens, 11.00am - 7.00pm.
    Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens
    Kickstart your festive fun with a traditional family visit to Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens this December. Father Christmas will be making a list, checking it twice and listening to your children's merry wishes. Tickets include access to Furzey Gardens during daylight hours, with a daytime Christmas trail, and early Christmas gift and an opportunity to listen to Christmas stories in Story Corner. Tickets: £10.00 per child. Please note, this year the main Gardens will be closed at dusk and there is not a light trail, although the Coffee and Gift Shop will stay open until 7.00pm each evening after Father Christmas' visits.
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New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%.
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